The Augustine Commission – 5 August 2009

Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee
Public Meeting
Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 8:00 am – 12noon, local time
Carnegie Institute
Washington D.C.
Agenda (Final)
8:00am – 8:30am Vision for Space Exploration Background (John Marburger)
8:30am – 9:00am Mars Society Views on U.S. Human Space Flight (Robert Zubrin)
9:00am – 10:30am Science-Related Briefings
Biological and Physical Sciences (Elizabeth Cantwell)
Earth Science (Anthony Janetos)
Astronomy and Astrophysics (Marcia Rieke)
Planetary Science Steve Squyres)
10:30am – 10:45am Arianespace Briefing (Jean-Yves Le Gall)
10:45am – 11:00am EADS Briefing (Mark Kinnersley)
11:00am – 11:15am Public Comment Period
11:15pm – 12noon+ Committee Deliberations Options and Decisions On Human Space Exploration (Dr. Ed Crawley)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Sean O’Keefe Discussion (non-public)

For those who have not listened to Dr. Squyres speak, his presentation was an excellent summation of why human explorers are needed. In simple situations, robotic exploration is much less expensive than human exploration. But where the environment is complex, humans excel. The robotic vehicle, commanded to move 30 meters forward will do so. The human, covering the same ground, will notice the skull of a small creature the robot drove past.

A full listing of documents from this public meeting can be found here.

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